Our Vision

As a small hospital, we take pride in developing personal relationships with our clients and their pets. Using the most current knowledge and the cutting edge technology you might expect to find in a much larger hospital, we provide the best possible care in a warm, intimate environment.

Our goal is to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients and patients. These relationships, are based on trust, and allow us to tailor our medical approach to meet your needs.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Deanna Androski

Dr. Deanna Androski is a seasoned practitioner with over 23 years of experience. She thoroughly enjoys the full range of general veterinary practice – medicine, surgery, dentistry, and wellness care.  Dr. Androski took on the role of AHOF’s Principle Doctor (Medical Director) in November 2019.

“I feel so blessed to do be able to do this work and lead such an outstanding team.  We have created a cohesive staff that all strive to do their best for each patient in our care.  AHOF is truly a special hospital with experienced veterinarians, dedicated nurses, and strong working relationships with our local specialists.  AHOF has a cozy physical footprint, but is well equipped for high quality, advanced care and that makes for a great place to practice.  More importantly, our clients are amazing – they consistently allow us to partner with them and work together for the common goal of keeping their pets in their best possible health.  Compassionate, straightforward patient care and communication will always be fundamental.  As veterinary medicine makes advances in leaps and bounds, some things stay the same.  It’s the hands-on connection with my patients that make practice rewarding and the person-to-person conversations with their family that I value most.  I am grateful I can simply “be there” for my patients when they need me – during clinic visits and via telemedicine follow-ups or consultations.  I plan to stay in full-time, clinical general practice for the foreseeable future.  I am passionate about this work.”

Dr. Androski lives with her two daughters, a very active cattle dog mix named Rex, an awkward terrier mix named Finnjamin (aka Finji), 4 cats (2 “regular” cats, a Sphynx, and very special cat with a rare congenital disorder), a small yellow lovebird that they fostered (and then adopted) from the Seattle Animal Shelter, a chinchilla (also adopted from the same shelter), and a senior Arabian horse.  As a family they love to ride horses, travel locally, read regularly, and spend time with their many pets. Rex makes sure they visit the dog park often. He has also taught them many lessons on dog behavior, obedience, agility and most importantly patience, love, and more patience…and more love.  Since Dr. Androski focuses solely on dog and cat medicine and surgery, her bird, chinchilla, and horse all have their own species-appropriate vets that manage their care. She is all-too-familiar with how it feels to be on the pet-parent side of the equation when a pet is hurt or sick.


Dr. Shlomo Freiman

Dr. Shlomo Freiman is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has
a strong interest in both internal medicine and surgery. He established AHoF in 1999 and has
devoted his energy and creativity into making it the unique veterinary hospital that it is today.

“I love my work and feel so privileged to do this for a living. This practice is first and foremost
about developing a close relationship between the client, the pet, the staff, and the vet.
When I was growing up in a small, rural community in Israel, our local vet lacked the great resources and technology that we have today, but he was always there for us and for our pets. I really enjoy building these kinds of relationships. I strongly believe that helping my clients understand the often complex medical issues facing their beloved pets, and guiding them through all the choices and options available to them, is one of my most important and rewarding roles as a vet.”

In 2015, Dr. Freiman co-founded Petriage, a veterinary telehealth platform that provides a unique user-friendly way for vets to communicate with clients and deliver care to pets remotely. Today he is one of the foremost experts in veterinary telehealth, and has been actively sharing his experience via webinars and lectures with veterinarians around the world. Dr. Freiman’s family includes a wife, two sons and his amazing granddaughters, Neli and Noa, plus a Jack Russell Terrier and a Cairn Terrier, both of whom accompany him to work every day. His hobbies include mountain biking, trail running, and reading. He is also an avid theater and movie-goer.


Dr. Melissa Yanik

Dr. Melissa Yanik received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2001. Becoming a veterinarian was a childhood dream of hers.
She still absolutely loves working with both cats and dogs. Her interests include most aspects of general practice, but she has special interests in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry.

Dr. Yanik lives with her husband, two demanding cats, and one sleepy rescue dog. She loves spending time with friends and family, reading, doing CrossFit, and wake surfing.


Dr. Kristin Kemper

Dr. Kristin Kemper has served as a general practitioner in the Pacific Northwest since graduating from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She loves witnessing and supporting the bond shared between people and their pets, and puts an emphasis on preventative care to help foster long-lasting relationships for her patients and their people. Dr. Kemper enjoys solving the mysteries of internal medicine cases, and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist, providing a wonderful tool for pain relief and other medical conditions. Dr. Kemper enjoys travelling with her family, is an avid reader of fiction and enjoys all the cuisines that the region has to offer. She is currently a volunteer veterinarian for Seattle Veterinary Outreach, a non-profit organization providing veterinary care for unsheltered clients. She shares her home with her husband Tyson, two sons Oliver and Finnian, her senior chihuahua Abuelita, a flock of chickens, and two cats who rule the roost, Hex and Bell.


Dr. Heather Smith

Dr. Heather Smith is a 2003 graduate of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and she has been practicing small animal medicine in the greater Seattle area since then. The areas of practice that are most rewarding for Dr. Smith are preventative medicine, dentistry, pain management, and quality of life/end of life care for her patients. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and loves how her training allows for treatment options that help complement her favorite areas of medicine.
Dr. Smith shares her life with her husband Jade, her son Jonah and daughter Nora, as well as their cranky old lady Boston terrier Betty (stay off her lawn!), and their perfectly imperfect (and derpy!) Boxer rescue Gil.
When not at work, Dr. Smith enjoys traveling with her family, stand up paddleboarding, watching sporting events and binging movies and TV shows with her husband.



Meet the Staff

Barb grew up in the Issaquah area and started working in the veterinary field while in high school. After earning degrees from Eastern Washington University in both Business Management and Human Resource Management, she joined the AHoF team in 2003 as a Veterinary Assistant. She claims that working for AHoF has proven to be one of the best and most fulfilling decisions she has made.

Barb currently lives in the Renton Highlands with her husband and five kids, Jake, Aidan, Charlotte, Evelyn, Claira-Jane as well as her three cats, Hibiki, Akashi, Nobushi and her German Shepherd, Nikka. Nikka was rescued after being hit by a car, enduring severe injuries including a spinal fracture at the young age of just six months. After several months of rehab, she was placed for adoption and Barb was eager to give her a second chance at life. She is certainly a cuddle bug and loves to snuggle.

Barb's passion for helping animals is what originally drew her to this profession but working at AHoF and the love of the relationships she has built with our clients is what has kept her here. She feels honored to have a job where she can connect with people through their pets and where she believes in the care and quality of medicine we provide.

Gabby grew up all over Washington, recently moved back to Bellevue, and joined the AHoF team. Her mother is a former AHoF employee, so Gabby watched how rewarding it was to her mom when she provided nursing care to animals. She thinks this, is what led her to explore this profession. Caring for her own animals as they aged and required more medical attention really convinced Gabby that her desire to work within the veterinary field was a career path.

When Gabby is not at work, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her twin sister, Maya and little brother, Noah. She has a beagle/lab mix named Koda who is the sweetest friend (with a bit of attitude ;-) . She also spends a lot of time with her mom’s dogs and they all love to hike and explore during the summer. Gabby says that working at AHoF has been an amazing experience and she is excited to be a member of a team so dedicated to caring for animals

Jessica moved around a lot as a kid, and got to explore the outdoors in many different regions. Animals and nature enthralled her and became her passion. Growing up she learned as much about animals as she could and decided to pursue a degree in organismic biology. After receiving her bachelors she helped start a local cleaning company, but her heart yearned to be in the natural sciences again, so she started anew by getting a veterinary assistant certificate – leading her to AHoF!

Jessica lives in Bellevue with her husband and two cats; Wayne and Garth “Party on, dudes!” and a fish named Fred. In her free time she enjoys crafts such as pottery, drawing and making chocolates. She also volunteers at a wildlife rescue center two day a week. Is she gets time between all that , she loves to sit down with a good book, bake yummy things and hang out with family and friends.

Jessica enjoys working with animals and would love to go back to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She is excited to see where the future takes her and loves seeing all the friendly and furry faces that come through the door at AHoF.

Julia’s profound love for all animals started earlier than she can remember. She has never lived without a pet of some sort and can’t imagine what that would be like. Early in high school she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician after attending a job fair at her school. At that job fair, she learned the scope of practice for a Veterinary Technician is similar to that of a human nurse. It was clear that this profession would be the perfect career for her! She graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program with an Associates Degree in September 2017, and passed her VTNE a few months later. Julia joined the AHoF team in 2018 and has never looked back!

Outside of work, Julia likes to spend her free time attending rock concerts, hiking, and being on the water. She also enjoys viewing wildlife in their natural habitat. If it’s a rainy lazy day she is usually relaxing with her pets and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend, Connor. She currently lives in Bothell with her boyfriend and his Staffordshire terrier, Zeus, as well as her bob-tailed cat, Ziggy.

Julia Z grew up in Yucaipa, California and volunteered at an animal shelter throughout high-school and college. After moving to Washington in 2016, she started working at Banfield Pet Hospital in Bellevue. A year later she became a Veterinary Assistant and found her passion was working with animals! She is planning to attend the Veterinary Technician program at San Juan College in order to further her education in the field.

Julia moved from Redmond to Renton and lives with her boyfriend, their kitty, Luca, and German Shepherd, Kenobi. Luca was a stray kitten found on the streets and she decided to take him in. He loves to hide under blankets and be lazy most days. Kenobi was a birthday present and has become one of her biggest challenges as he is very stubborn, but can be adorably sweet.

Julia was excited to become part of the AHoF team when she realized the shared compassion and commitment to the care of animals. Even though she is one of the newer members, she is excited for the opportunity to work along side an amazing team with wonderful owners and their sweet companions.

Sam grew up loving animals. She has owned and cared for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and bunnies her whole life. It didn’t occur to her until she after she had graduated from high school and had to take her own pets to the vet, that working with animals was going to be her career. She started her schooling at Pima Medical Institute where she completed their Veterinary Technician program. In 2012, she passed the VTNE and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has loved almost every day of her career choice. There is nothing that she loves more than animals and she very is passionate about top-notch patient care.

Sam’s dog is a Pekingese/Pomeranian named Sergio. He was surrendered as puppy because he had Parvo. She nursed him back to health and he soon became her very best friend. She adopted him seven years ago and he has not left her side since. In Sam’s free time she enjoys hiking with Sergio, going to concerts, traveling the world, and wine tasting in her favorite place, Lake Chelan.

Sam is excited to be working at AHoF with this amazing team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.!

Samantha grew up in the Renton area and has lived in Washington since 2001. She and her husband now reside in Kent with their cat Celia Cruz, named after one of her favorite Latin singers. She has always had a great love for animals and knew from a young age she wanted to do more with them and for them.

Samantha studied at PIMA Medical Institute and graduated in 2017 with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She Joined the AHoF team in September 2019 and loves helping animals!

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband Miguel, watching movies and going to the gym. She also enjoys Pinterest, DIY projects, cooking for her family, and cuddling with Celia. Celia is the first cat she has owned and she is one of the best things in Samantha's life. She also cares for her 9 year old Chihuahua, Chispita, who lives with her parents. Samantha cannot imagine her life without her family's pets or working in the veterinary field!

Sara is originally from Michigan, and grew up with a strong love of animals and the outdoors. Knowing she wanted to work with animals, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology. While completing her degree, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant at an animal emergency hospital and learned many of the skills used at AHoF today. She also volunteered at a wildlife rehab center and became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation through the IWRC.

Sara came to Washington for the first time in 2007 to complete an internship and was able to care for many incredible animals. Moving to Washington allowed her access to all the amazing outdoor activities that are available here.

After completing her degree, she became a Zookeeper and had the privilege of working with many incredible species. She developed very close relationships with several animals, including a two-toed sloth, a bobcat, a grey seal and a polar bear cub.

Sara loves getting to know patients and their people, provide them with the best quality care, and continue learning and developing her skills. In her free time she keeps busy hiking, backpacking, kayaking, as well as wildlife and landscape photography. She has the world very BEST dog, Diva, and she is excited to be part of such a great team!

Meta grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and always found a kinship with animals, ever since she found a kitten outside when she was four years old and asked her parents if she could keep it. In high school, she had a job as a kennel assistant and when it came time for her to graduate, she learned more about the veterinary field and discovered that she can become a licensed veterinary technician (LVT). Meta went through the technician program at Wilson College in Pennsylvania. The last final of her program was set in Washington and upon arriving she immediately fell in love with the mountains, evergreens, and water. Her instincts told her, she would love living in Washington, and here she is to this day! Meta’s first job as a licensed veterinary technician was at Banfield Pet Hospital; she was there for several years, eventually becoming Shift Lead. After some time she applied to Animal Hospital of Factoria and couldn’t ask for a better hospital; she immensely love the team that she works with!
In Meta’s free time she primarily enjoys hiking and camping, and tries to go as often as she can. When she wants some down-time, she likes to read and hang out with her cat outside. Otherwise she is interested in music, cinematography, and painting ceramics.

Stephanie moved to Seattle in 2013 from Colorado and claims she is here to stay! She loves the state for all it has to offer. Since she was a child, she always knew she wanted to work with animals. She ended up getting her Veterinary Technician License from Front Range Community College in 2012.

During College Stephanie started pursing an interest in emergency medicine. Since 2010 she has worked for emergency and specialty animal hospitals as an ER Technician with some dabbling in surgery.

Stephanie feels fortunate to have found AHoF, where she can devote more time to her patients and pet parents while still utilizing the skills and knowledge she picked up working in emergency medicine.

When Stephanie is not working she loves spending time in the outdoors; rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding with her wonderful partner, James. Frequently their adventures involve two amazing adventure pups, Nix and Maggie. They also enjoy exploring new places with their campervan.

Alycia’s path to becoming a veterinary technician took a very circuitous route. She has always had a love of animals, both large and small. She grew up in Issaquah with a menagerie of animals and showed llamas in 4-H for nine years.
Alycia graduated from Colorado State University in 2009, majoring in Biological Sciences and Zoology. While in her junior year at CSU, she took a field research course studying the immune system diversity of prairie dogs and fell in love with research. After graduating, she spent a few summers studying the ecological recovery on Mt. Saint Helens after the 1980 eruption, where she was in charge of small mammal trapping. Alycia then moved to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, to work at a field station and lead eco-tours for a year. When she came back to the U.S. in 2013, she got the opportunity to work in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant at a clinic in Colorado. While there, she was promoted to veterinary assistant before returning to Washington and joining the AHoF team in 2014. Alycia then became a licensed veterinary technician in 2018.
She now lives in Renton with her husband, Bobby, and daughter, Dellah. Shee has a Black Lab mix named Lilou and a tuxedo cat named Skeeter, who thinks he’s the eternal baby of the house. In her spare time on Saturdays, she works at AHoF.

Leanne was born and raised in Renton, Washington and has always been an animal-lover. Since childhood, she has owned and cared for a wide variety of pets. From rabbits to horses; big or small, she loves them all! As a kid she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and actually started her undergrad at Western Washington University with the intention of applying to vet school. While there, she discovered a passion for environmental and political activism, ending up with an Environmental Science degree.
After Leanne received her Bachelors, she moved to Seattle with her black lab mix Elphie, whom she has had for over 9 years; she follows her everywhere. Leanne spent the first 6 months out of college canvassing for Greenpeace, but realized she craved working directly with animals, so she started working as a veterinary assistant. It wasn’t long before Leanne recognized she wanted to incorporate animals into her career. That is when she decided to pursue an LVT certification through Penn Foster’s online program. She plans to continue her passion working with animals at AHOF after her certification is complete.
In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at home with Elphie and her significant other. When the weather cooperates she goes hiking and snowboarding. She also loves listening to live music, and can’t wait to hit the stage again for Karaoke night.

Saa came to Seattle as a refugee from the war in Liberia. Growing up, animals were a part of his life and he always felt connected to them, especially during times of instability within his country. When he came to the U.S., it felt only natural for him to work with dogs and cats. Saa has worked as a Kennel Attendant at AHoF since 2006, just a few weeks after he arrived in the United States. He appreciates the bond that he creates with the pets who board at AHoF, and he loves getting to know their different personalities.

Saa proudly attended Green River Community College and obtained his GED in 2011, despite English being his second language. After accomplishing that goal, he went on to attend PIMA Medical Institute and got his Medical Assistant certification. Working at AHoF has allowed Saa to build a house for his family back in Liberia. He enjoys volunteering at his church and spending time with his wife and two children. Saa is a fixture at AHoF and we don't know what we'd do without him!